Nutrisystem Day 5: I feel Exhausted and Light-headed
Today's Nutrisystem Tips...
* Having a snack with both carbs and protein after doing something physical can keep you from feeling exhausted.
And now, here are the details of my 5th day on NS...
What I Weighed Today: 204 lbs. (8am)
I had to call Syd today to get her advice because I am feeling progressively weak and exhausted. I have a show tonight which means I will be on my feet dancing and singing for three 45-minute sets and I need to have energy. Can you imagine how mortified I would be if I passed out in the middle of a show? You know when that happens everyone thinks you’re a drug addict. I mean I could throw out the normal celebrity excuses:
Exhaustion, stress, and dehydration.
But they don’t buy that crap when a celebrity pulls it and they certainly won’t buy it from my fat ass. So I needed to find out if 1) This is normal and 2) There’s something I can do to make myself feel better by tonight besides eating a side of beef.
So, I called Syd and told her what I was going through: Exhaustion, light-headedness, and inability to concentrate. She said her symptom both this time and the last time was headaches. She assured me it would go away after a few days and explained that my body needed to get used to the lower amount of calories and that there was probably even a bit of detoxing going on because I wasn’t eating as much salt and fat. I get that. She also said that I should bring a protein source to my gig and be vigilant about the amount of water I drink. We decided the BBQ Soy Chips and an apple would be a good snack to bring for protein and a bit of sugar to keep my energy up.
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: NS Turkey & Egg Breakfast Sandwich, 1 oz Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese, 4 cups Coffee w/8 tablespoons Fat-Free Creamer & 4 tablespoons Sugar-Free Hazelnut syrup – 320 calories
Lunch: NS Split Pea Soup, 2 cups Baby Carrots, 1 Low-Fat String Cheese – 300 calories
Snack: 1 Non-Fat Yogurt – 80 calories
Dinner: NS Glazed Chicken Tenders, 1 apple – 315.1 calories
Dessert: NS BBQ Soy Chips – 140 calories
TOTAL CALORIES: 1125.1
Dancing, 2 hours
My show went really well, the crowd loved me and I felt good. I don’t eat directly before I go onstage because it makes me burp and feel bloated. But I ate a good dinner before I left the house and brought my water and my little snack to eat after the show or during if I got woozy. I made it almost to the end before I started to feel bad. I pushed through it then sat on the floor in the office/dressing room they had set up for us and ate my snack. I felt better almost immediately and was able to drive home in a fairly energetic state at 2 a.m.
This situation is a little worrisome for me but I will give it a few more days. Hundreds--no, thousands--of people eat like this every day and they’re doing just fine. When I was a teenager, I used to live on an apple a day for weeks and work out every day and it didn’t kill me or make me feel bad. Surely I can do this………right?
* NS Turkey & Egg Breakfast Sandwich – 170 calories
YUM! I am not an egg sandwich girl!! I order Egg McMuffins without the egg, which for all intents and purposes is a ham sammich! But I ate this with the egg on it and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was one of my frozen entrées. It has a whole-wheat, slightly sweet bun, then they add a slice of smoked turkey, an egg (perfectly round McDonald’s-style), and a few chunks of grilled pineapple!! Never would have thought of it but it was absolutely delicious. This is one thing I would buy on my own if it was available. It was filling, satisfying, and enjoyable.
* NS Split Pea Soup – 180 calories
MEH. Still just freeze-dried loser food.
* NS Glazed Chicken Tenders – 260 calories
MEH. I think this was supposed to be Asian-inspired but it was just weird. It was sweet and a little spicy. About 5 little nuggets of chicken in a mystery coating with rice and veggies. Not disgusting or inedible but intensely boring and because it was sweet I couldn’t even add salt to bring a little zing. At least they didn’t try to call it something it wasn’t.
* NS BBQ Soy Chips – 110 calories
MEH. But starting to grow on me. Can’t be sure because I was STARVING by the time I ate them.
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